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Ideal time : 2-3 hrs

Entry Fee : Light vehicles: INR 50,
Heavy vehicles: INR 150

Timings : 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Parambikulam Tiger Reserve, Palakkad Overview

Kerala's Palakkad district gives you a chance to venture right into the laps of the wild with its Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. Best known for its constant efforts to preserve the dwindling tiger population, this destination is a popular tourist spot as well. This sanctuary is also home to four different indigenous tribes- Kadar, Malasar, Muduvar and Mala Malasar. The surrounding beauty of the gently rolling hills and lazily flowing rivers make it the perfect place for the flourishing of its priceless flora and fauna population. Jungle treks and safari here are quite unique and eye-opening experiences.

The Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is the most protected ecological terrain of the Western Ghats. Endowed with peninsular vegetation and wildlife, this destination has minimum human interference. So in an utmost serene environment, you can connect with the nature in a better way. It has a fantastic mix of flora and fauna. Some of the most prized animals found here include lion-tailed macaques, Bengal tigers, Indian leopards, wild boars, sloths, king cobra, Travancore kukri snake, and the Western Ghats flying lizard among others. Flora includes teak, sandalwood, neem and rosewood trees. This destination makes up for an interesting lesson in biodiversity. 

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History of Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

During the 19th century, these forests were under two different administrative units- Sungam Forest Reserve and Parambikulam Forest Reserve. In 1886, massive exploitation of the woods for valuable timber began which was only accelerated by the introduction of the tram in 1907. The Special Financial Committee abolished it in 1951. In 1962, the first Teak Plantation Division was constituted from Parambikulam Forest Reserve which was based on P.Narayanan Nair's plan. By this time, the Sungam Forest Reserve was established as Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary. Later in 1973 after the teak plantation division was solved, it merged with the already existing sanctuary. It covers an area of 391 sq.kms. Keeping in mind the abundance of wildlife and flora people call it "Nature's own Abode." Everything here exists in a harmonious ecosystem.

Jungle Safari at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Amidst the beautiful nature sit in a jeep and enjoy the beauty of the wilderness. The Safari package includes a naturalist guide, drinking water, vehicle, washroom and shopping facilities. The charges for same are-
Indians and Foreign nationals- INR 200 (both on holidays and weekdays)
Free entry for children below the age of 10.

Trekking in Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Trek through the hills of the Western Ghats to observe the nature and its magnificence in the best way. The Sanctuary offers three packages in this category. The details for the same are listed below. 

1. Elephant Song Trekking Trial/headTrekking
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 1200, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 200
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 2400, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 500

2. Pugmark Trekking Trial/ headTrekking
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 3600
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 6100
(Children not allowed)

3. Bearpath Trekking Trial/headTrekking
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 1200, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 200
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 2400, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 500

Nature Camps at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

You can also go camping here in the paid jungle and natural camps, which are a unique experience of the forest in its pure natural form. Staying in camps is always fun, and thus the sanctuary provides several types of camping schemes. These are. 

1. Tented Niche
This stay offers accommodation in luxurious Swiss tents that are spacious for a family to live in. Moreover, the washroom is attached hence your privacy is kept under consideration. The food is served at Bhojanasaala. Staying here gives you a self-learning experience, and you enjoy every bit of it. This package also includes meals, bamboo rafting, trekking, shopping, jungle safari in sanctuary's vehicle, tribal symphony, and a naturalist guide.
Check-in: 12:00 PM Check-Out: Next day 10:30 AM
Weekdays
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 6100, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 600
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 9700, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 1200
Holidays
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 7300
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 12,100
Extra per head- Indians (INR 1800), Non-Indians (INR 2400)

2. Honey Comb (A/C)
This stay is in old English Bungalows that are fully Air Conditioned. They have a common dining place which is constructed of thatched bamboo leaves. This camp gives you access to teak plantations and Parambikulam reservoir. Each Bungalow has a bathroom attached which has hot running water as well. It includes Jungle Safari in your own vehicle, bamboo rafting, trekking, bird watching, tribal symphony.
Check-in: 12:00 PM Check-Out: Next day 10:30 AM
Weekdays
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 5000, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 600
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 7300, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 600
Holidays
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 6100
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 8500
Extra per head- Indians (INR 1800), Non-Indians (INR 1800)

3. Treetop hut, Parambikulam
Staying above the trees and catching a view of teak plantations and beautiful birds is indeed a memorable experience. The chirping of bird will put a halt to everything that would be going into your mind. It is situated at a walking distance from the honeycomb stays. Usually, you'll find yourself gathered either by the group of elephants or by the herd of deer. The package includes- meals, jungle safari in your own vehicle, bamboo rafting, trekking, bird-watching, and tribal symphony.
Check-in: 12:00 PM Check-Out: Next day 10:30 AM
Weekdays
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 3000, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 600
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 3600, Children (5-10 yrs) INR 600
Holidays
For Indian Nationals- Adults INR 3600
For Foreign Nationals- Adults INR 6100
Extra per head- Indians (INR 1200), Non-Indians (INR 1200)

Kannimara Teak at Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

Kannimara teak is not only the most massive living teak here in the sanctuary but in the world. It has a height of 39.98 m and circumference of 7.02 m. During 1994-95 it has also been awarded the Maha Virksha Puraskar. A local tribe here believes that when someone tried cutting this tree, blood spurted out from the place where the cut was made. Since then it is worshipped as the "Virgin Tree" by the Parambikulam's tribal people.

Modern Nature Interpretation Centre

The Modern Nature Interpretation Centre here is a unique facility to learn about the biodiversity hotspots in the world. It is finely equipped with audio-visual facilities. You will find interactive three-dimensional models of biodiversity hotspots; the Western Ghat, Kerala and Parambikulam wildlife sanctuary. It has sessions of three series of modern quiz machine which evaluates your wildlife knowledge. Furthermore, there is a tiger cell having an abundance of information about the charismatic cat. In the audiovisual section, you may feel the soothing sounds of the forest and its wildlife. The medicinal plants' part takes you into the beautiful world of endangered plant species.

Modern Nature Interpretation Centre

Tips For Visiting Parambikulam Tiger Reserve

1. Do not try and hurt the sentiments of animals you cross by.
2. Two or three-wheeler vehicles are not allowed inside the sanctuary.
3. Do not litter.
4. If travelling with kids pay keen attention to there whereabouts. 

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